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Typical aging vs. signs of dementia

Karen Miller | 1/15/2014, 6 a.m.

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TYPICAL AGING SIGNS OF DEMENTIA
Missing a monthly payment Inability to manage a budget
Remembers recent important events Noted decline in memory
of recent events
Forgetting which day it is and remembering later Losing track of the date
or season
Complains of memory loss but able to provide detailed examples of forgetfulness May complain of memory loss only when asked
No change in interpersonal social skills Loss of interest in social activities; inappropriate behavior
Sometimes forgetting which word to use Difficulty having a conversation
Losing things from
time to time
Misplacing things and
being unable to trace
steps to find them
Making a bad decision
once in a while
Poor judgment and
decision making

Source: Alzheimer’s Association, Helpguide.org

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